The lads are in the midst of a hectic week, having won at Newcastle at the weekend, with a home game against Sunderland to come on Saturday.
Wednesday’s match against Villa is a recent addition to the diary after it was postponed earlier in the season, and Academy Manager John expects more players to be in contention after a handful of lads missed out at Newcastle.
“We’ve just had a normal Monday and Tuesday, but we’ve probably got more players to select from against Villa,” John said.
“We’ll sort out the permutations on that and whatever will be will be.
“It’s a busy week. Preferably we would just play once a week so we can maximise and optimise our training, but we’ve had (the Villa game) re-arranged due to some tournament commitments they’ve had.
“It’s unusual to have three games in a week, but it’s one of those things you just get on with.”